Originally Posted by PhillyOverclocker
Hey all. I have been busy as hell at work and I have been asked to do a gaming build with a $900 budget. This is the absolute budget, which means shipping to 19134 must be included. The customer right now plays WoW exclusively but would like to get into Dragon Age 2 game when it gets released. The cheapest I have been able to find W7 Home premium is $76
from Discount Mountain Software. The OS must be included in the $900, so if you can find it cheaper then please share. This is only for the tower too, no peripherals (monitor, KB, mouse).
I know what you all will say, but the customer has explicitly said that she does not want to do any overclocking at all.
The motherboard must also support Crossfire or SLI because she said if she would like some expandability in about 2 years time.*
I haven't been up on the latest anything as of the past few months so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sandy Bridge will be released next week so prices can vary a bit. Quoted prices allow for some wiggle room.
Antec 300 $60
Corsair 650TX $90
Seagate 500GB $50
G.SKILL 2x2GB DDR3 1600 $50
DVD burner $20
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 $100
MB/CPU/GPU options (~$500 budget)
Intel Core i5-2300/2400 $170-190
P67 Motherboard $150-200
GTX 460 768MB $160
or GTX 460 1GB $200
or HD 6850 $180
or HD 6870 $240
(GPU choice depends on actual retail prices for CPU/MB upon release)
Intel Core i5-750 $200
Asus Maximus III Gene $160
GTX 460 768MB $160
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE $145
Asus M4A79T Deluxe $150
HD 6870 $240
Doing this on my phone so I couldn't look for better deals. The above are mostly standard prices. If you look for combo deals, you can save a bit so you can upgrade to a better GPU. Since it's for WoW, it's probably best to go Intel. *It seems WoW likes Intel. Even SC2 appears to favor Intel arch. Dragon Age also favors Intel if you look at benchmarks but in real world, you'll be graphics bound before you can actually tell the difference between Intel and AMD.